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Organized events in Madison parks

Whether you’re marching for a cause or getting ready for your close-up — organize your next event at a Madison park.

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There are 70+ picnic shelters and pavilions throughout Madison’s park systems waiting to be utilized. | Photo by RENEW WI

Here are a few options on how to maximize your time spent outside this summer by organizing an event at a local park.

Community gatheringsApply today to gather no more than 250 of your closest friends for a neighborhood summer bash.

Rallies — As long as your group doesn’t disrupt any previously-booked park reservations, you’re free to rally, no permit required.

Special events — If you plan on vending, charging admission, raising money, or advertising your event publicly, you’ll need a special event permit to use a park.

Open space use — If you will not be doing any of the special event criteria, you can apply to reserve a section of your fave park to gather up to 200 people.

Photo shoots — You’ll only need a permit for your photo/video shoots if you’ll be putting up temporary structures, using a shelter or athletic field, or amplifying sound. Although, a permit is required for all commercial shoots.